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Poster: qool58 Date: Dec 15, 2009 6:34pm
Forum: oldtimeradio Subject: THANK YOU OTR contributors

I'm a new member, but a long time listener to the OTR found here. This morning at 4:55 a.m. my last living Grandfather passed away. He was never conscious in the 20+ hours I was by his bed, but I wanted you to know the part you played in a memorable moment in his and my life: He was in the Army during WW 2 and before I drove the 3 hours to see him, I was able to burn a couple cds for us to listen to. My Grandma couldn't stay up all night and went to a hotel nearby, but I did and we (I) talked all night, including about our services in the Army - then I pulled out BIng Crosby's Kraft Music Hall dated Dec 1942 and a Bob Hope Christmas show from a VA hospital. I played them all night and laughed at the jokes and talked to my grandpa as if I were expecting an answer from him. After he passed this morning, I told my grandma that all night he was never alone: Bob, Bing and I stayed up with him. When I first sat down at his bedside last night, I told him "Grandpa, you stood guard for our family and our country, tonight I'll stand guard for you" Thank you OTR contributors for not making me go it alone. The room was filled with memories passed of youth in the midst of a world wide struggle with the hope and faith that our nation was on the side of right and that justice and freedom would prevail. Thank you for helping the two of us through the long dark night. I can never thank you enough for your generosity. Thank you Bob and Bing - you still watch over our boys in uniform, even if their hair is silver...
Jon Barr proud grandson of Oliver Benjamin Randolph US Army 1942-1945 and great hardworking American

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Poster: tracey pooh Date: Jan 6, 2010 10:24am
Forum: oldtimeradio Subject: Re: THANK YOU OTR contributors

wow, you just made the entire staff tear up -- in that good/amazing way.

sounds like you had about the best ending to what was of course
a difficult loss.

best wishes to you and your family,
-tracey, archive staff

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Poster: drflavio309 Date: Jan 6, 2010 7:58pm
Forum: oldtimeradio Subject: Re: THANK YOU OTR contributors

This past Tuesday I lost my Grandmother she was 97 and I got her listening to OTR shows long ago on a cd player she loved them, when she went to the rest home the one thing she wanted was her cd player, so she could listen to the old radio show's, like the OP stated about his Grand father , you don't ever know how you touch someones life until it is almost too late.. i know grandma would want me to thank you... so from grandma motley ........ thanks for the memories..

the dr.

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Poster: tracey pooh Date: Jan 6, 2010 8:02pm
Forum: oldtimeradio Subject: Re: THANK YOU OTR contributors

oh man, tearing up again.

thank you both for your kind thoughts and we are sooo glad to make
a difference in people's lives 8-)


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Poster: qool58 Date: Jan 7, 2010 6:35pm
Forum: oldtimeradio Subject: Re: THANK YOU OTR contributors UPDATED

thank you all for your kind words and wishes - I just wanted you to know that I have talked with the staff at the Care Center my Grandpa Ben was at (he received the BEST of care by quality people), and they have agreed to let me make cds of 40's and 50's era radio shows and they will play them for activity and visiting time. One of the ladies told me that it would be perfect for a few old Navy guys there at their facility. She said about the only time they would talk was when they sat together and talked about their time in the Service.
How about it everybody? Get some of your favorite Shows and make cds for a local rest home and let people relive wonderful times...
This site offers so much, may be can pass on the blessing and our unique American Heritage not only to those who have never heard it before, but to those who don't even realize that Phil Harris, Jack Benny, Bob Hope, and the whole gang are just a PLAY button away.
I know I'm going to get on it. Thanks for reading!
jon in Hoquiam WA